Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday March 3rd.            Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)             Happy Reading!             Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Words of Radiance (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780765365286
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Fantasy, 3/2015
Now in paperback. The war with the Parshendi moves into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains. Meanwhile Shallan searches for the legendary city of Urithuru, and Kaladin, leader of the restored Knights Radiant, masters the powers of a Windrunner.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:30pm
       Patricia Briggs      Anne Bishop Mysterious Galaxy welcomes New York Times Bestselling fantasy authors Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop for the release of their latest novels, Dead Heat and Vision in Silver. Patricia will be signing the fourth installment of her supernatural Alpha and Omega series, Dead Heat, where mated werewolves Charles and Anna finally take a personal trip of their own only to soon find themselves in the cross fire of the Fae’s cold war with humanity. Anne will be discussing the latest novel in her Others series. In Vision in Silver, the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg’s doorstep. Join award-winning authors in a lively discussion of all things urban fantasy and supernatural romance. This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Dead Heat or Vision in Silver from Mysterious Galaxy, available March 3d.  If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please come by or call the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.  

Dead Heat (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780425256756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Ace Hardcover, 3/2015

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal--or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

About the Author

Patricia Briggs is also the author of the Mercy Thompson novels, including Night Broken and Frost Burned, among others. She lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 7:30pm
Join MG and author and publisher Robert J. Peterson for a fun, activity-filled evening with games and refreshments as he leads readers on an exploration of the world of The Odds: A Post-Apocalyptic Action-Comedy. Robert will discuss how his own life experiences helped shape the world. Then, with the assistance of local author J.M. Perkins, Bob will instruct attendees in how to play The Odds Tabletop Game. Winners of the game’s brief campaigns will be awarded a variety of prizes, including special souvenir cards based on The Odds, chessboards, MG gift certificates, and other fun surprises.       
ISBN-13: 9781940207810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Rare Bird Books, 1/2015
The apocalypse happened, but no one knows how. What's left is a barren world ruled by a high-powered caste of bookies, The Odds. Scurrying around underneath is our hero, Eldridge--a big-hearted, bumbling drifter with an estranged family he loves dearly. He's deep in debt and deathly sick, so he places a bet predicting the day he'll die. If he wins, he can go to his grave knowing that his family will be safe, but when he returns to his hometown to collect, he gets some bad news: He's going to live. So it's on to plan B--a high-stakes battle-tournament that pits real-life chess avatars against each other in random-chance brawls-to-the-death. But Eldridge doesn't know that someone's gamed the tournament to pit him against an old friend who's now a bitter enemy.

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 2:00pm
Debut cross-genre author Carrie Patel hones her writing skills in her job as a narrative designer for video games at Obsidian Entertainment. Publishers Weekly’s review of The Buried Life notes: “With Regency-era sensibilities and Agatha Christie’s flair for the subtle conundrum, Patel’s debut novel introduces readers to a subterranean city of the future, centuries after what is dubbed “The Catastrophe,” and beautifully manages the delicate balance between entertainment and social commentary… The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel.”            

The Buried Life (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780857665218
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Angry Robot, 7/2014

The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.  

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

About the Author

Carrie Patel was born and raised in Houston, Texas. An avid traveller, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University and worked in transfer pricing at Ernst & Young for two years.  She now works as a narrative designer at Obsidian Entertainment in Irvine, California, where the only season is Always Perfect.


Sun, 03/08/2015 - 2:00pm
  We’re excited to welcome Glen Erik Hamilton, a Seattle native and now Southern California resident, to sign and discuss his debut thriller, Past Crimes. Van Shaw is an Army Ranger who reluctantly returns to a home he left ten years ago, thanks to a cryptic message left by his grandfather. However, when he finds his grandfather left for dead, Van becomes Seattle PD’s main suspect. Now Van must return to the criminal underworld his grandfather inhabited, a world he swore off forever, to track down the real shooter. This atmospheric thriller received a starred review fromPublishers Weekly and is the first in an exciting new series.             
ISBN-13: 9780062344557
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: William Morrow & Company, 3/2015

When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer . . . and uncovers a shocking family secret 

From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief--to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protege suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile, mas feidir leat"--Come home, if you can. 

Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor--with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime. 

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life--and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present . . . and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

About the Author

A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton grew up aboard a sailboat, and spent his youth finding trouble around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in California with his family, punctuated by frequent visits to his hometown to soak up the rain. 

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday March 10th.            Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)             Happy Reading!             Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

World Gone by (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780060004903
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company, 3/2015
Come meet Dennis Lehane in San Diego on March 24th!

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:00pm
The San Diego Book Discussion Group is led by Fearless Leader Christine. Participation is open to all readers; readers need not have completed a particular book to attend – it’s the perfect opportunity to branch out and find new favorites! Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection! Maryelizabeth’s review notes, “Jennifer excels at stories of people haunted by the past, by regrets, and by their passions, all of which are in play in The Winter People.”

The Winter People (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780804169967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Anchor, 1/2015


West Hall, Vermont, has been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter. 

Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked into the historical mystery, she discovers that she's not the only person looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.


About the Author:

Jennifer McMahon is the author of six novels, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Island of Lost Girls" and "Promise Not to Tell." She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont. 


Praise for Winter People:

"One of the year's most chilling novels. She melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that is as scary as it is enthralling." --"The Miami Herald 

""Jennifer McMahon is a writer of exceptional talent, and "The Winter People" is a hypnotic, gripping and deeply moving thriller. With her beautifully drawn characters and complex, layered, and suspenseful story, McMahon has woven a dream from which I didn't want to wake--and couldn't have even if I wanted to." --Lisa Unger, author of "In the Blood 

""Crisp, mysterious and scary.... "The Winter People" has a consistently eerie atmosphere, and some of its darker supernatural flights are reminiscent of Stephen King." --"USA Today

"I don't believe in ghosts. At least that's what I kept telling myself as I read "The Winter People." I also don't need to sleep with the lights on. I told myself that, too. But I was whistling past a graveyard--or, in this case--past a Vermont landscape that is authentic and recognizable and still altogether chilling. "The Winter People" is terrifying--everything you could want in a classic ghost story." --Chris Bohjalian, author of "The Light in the Ruins  

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:30pm
Guest of honor S.M. Stirling Special Guests: Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell Look for Mysterious Galaxy in our usual spot in the dealer's room. San Diego’s longest running Science Fiction convention welcomes author Guest of Honor S.M. Stilrling, (The Golden Princess, ) as well as Special Guests Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell (London, Where it All Began) . ConDor 22 will take place at Fashion Valley’s Town and Country Resort from Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15. Mysterious Galaxy will be in our traditional location in the Dealer’s Room. Find information on other guests and convention specifics on the convention’s website. Please visit the event webpage
ISBN-13: 9780451417336
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Roc Hardcover, 9/2014
A new generation faces its own challenges in the world the Change has made. Princess Órlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady—and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan, who has been pursued to America by a conquering army from Asia. To combat their mutual foe, Órlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House. But dreams have revealed that the road to Kusanagi lies through the meganecropolis of the City of Angels, the greatest and most perilous of the dead cities...and beyond it, to a castle in the fearful Valley of Death. And their relentless enemy will stop at nothing to prevent them from succeeding. For across the Pacific, the great arc of land that stretches from the dark kingdom of Korea to the realm of Capricornia in Australia is threatened by war. Now all the survivors of the Change must choose sides....

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:15pm
The Festival of Women Authors originated in Long Beach, California in 1982 with a vision to bring the work of outstanding contemporary women authors to the community. Since that first year, the Festival has been enthusiastically supported by an audience of avid readers. The authors are presented throughout a day-long program offering opportunities to attendees to mingle with fellow readers, meet authors and have books autographed. 2015 speakers are Aimee Bender, Kate Christensen, Jennifer Clement, Sloane Crosley, Christina Henriquez, Eleanor Morse, and Jenny Offill.
ISBN-13: 9780307951106
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Anchor, 4/2014
A delectable memoir about the transformative power of food, "Blue Plate Special "is a deeply personal narrative in which food becomes the vehicle for exploring a life. Here, novelist Kate Christensen tells her own story, from her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a legal activist who ruled the house with his fists to her extraordinary success as a PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author. Hungry not just for food, but for love and a sense of belonging, Christensen writes honestly about her struggle to find the contentment she has always yearned for. A beautifully written account of a knockabout life, full of sorrows, pleasures--and, of course, food--"Blue Plate Special" is a delicious reading experience.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday March 17th.           Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)            Happy Reading!            Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy.   

The Bullet (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476769813
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Gallery Books, 3/2015
A single bullet is found lodged at the base of Caroline Cashion's skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. Then she learns the truth: her parents were murdered when she was a child. She was wounded too, a gunshot to the neck. That was thirty-four years ago. Now, Caroline has to find the truth of her past.